Twentieth Century Fox has its eyes on Wes Ball, known for The Maze Runner trilogy, to direct the upcoming Mouse Guard movie adaptation. So far, we know that the live-action Mouse Guard will be produced by War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves, written by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta and will be using the same performance-capture technology that made the Planet of the Apes films so gripping to watch.
Mouse Guard is based off the bi-monthly comic book series of the same name written and illustrated by David Petersen and published by Archaia Studios Press. Best known for its whimsical art and fantastic storytelling, Mouse Guard has been turned into a role-playing game and has an official set of PVC figures, so it’s no surprise that the comics are now being turned into a major film.
According to a new report from Deadline, Wes Ball is being pursued by Fox to direct the adaptation, which is good news because we know that Ball is very much capable of creating a stunning action/adventure movie based off his successful work so far with The Maze Runner (2014), Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (2015) and the final entry to the trilogy Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which is set for release in 2018 and is currently in post-production.
The award-winning Mouse Guard series first started in 2006 and is set in a world where mice live in a medieval era world that parallels the same age in human history, only there are no humans. The stories revolve around a brotherhood of mice known as the “Mouse Guard,” who have sworn an oath to protect their fellow mice in need, much like the knights of the Middle Ages portrayed in many fantasy tales.
Even though the Maze Runner trilogy is very different from Mouse Guard – one is set in a dystopia and follows a group of teens trying to fight their way out of an intricate maze while forming their own society, and the other is a fantasy that follows a group of adorably brave mice with swords defending their fellow rodents – there are similarities between the two that gives us high hopes for Ball’s possible direction of the film. Both series are filled with action and adventure with a “brotherhood” of characters who have to band together to reach a common goal.
There is no release date for Mouse Guard yet, but Screen Rant will keep you updated on all news about the adaptation.
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